HOUSTON - Dena Lewis, wife of legendary University of Houston Men's Basketball head coach Guy V. Lewis, passed away Tuesday.
Mrs. Lewis was a familiar presence in Hofheinz Pavilion during her husband's Hall of Fame career with the Cougars from 1956 to 1986. Dena Nelson and Guy V. Lewis first met at a high school dance in the 1930s, and the relationship grew from there, even though he attended Arp High, a bitter rival to Mrs. Lewis' Troup High.
During Coach Lewis' career at Houston, the Cougars collected 592 wins with five NCAA Final Four appearances, 14 NCAA Tournament berths and six conference championships.
"We extend our thoughts and prayers to Coach Lewis, his sons, family and friends," Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. "I do not believe Coach Lewis could have taken the University of Houston Men's Basketball program to the heights it reached during his career without the love and support of Dena through the years. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a loyal friend of Houston Athletics, and we will miss her deeply."
Dena Lewis and her husband would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 27. She is survived by her husband, Guy, sons Terry and Vern and numerous relatives. Their daughter, Sherry, passed away in late December.
MEMORIAL and FUNERAL SERVICES
Memorial and funeral services will be private per the family's request. Notes of condolence can be sent to Coach Guy V. Lewis' attention at:
New Haven Assisted Living Facility
107 Creekside Trail
Kyle, TX 78640
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that gifts be made in Dena Lewis' name to the University of Houston Basketball Development Center. Gifts can be sent to the:
University of Houston
3100 Cullen Blvd.